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Making Institutions Work in Peru: Democracy, Development and Inequality since 1981 (hardback)

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Edited by John Crabtree . Published 2006. ISBN 9781900039642



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The elections of 2006 in Peru are an appropriate moment to reflect on Toledo’s term as president and on the broader agenda for building a polity that is more democratic and inclusive. In a country of extreme social inequality, such an aspiration represents an enormous challenge. The sudden collapse of the Fujimori regime which had dominated Peru for the entirety of the 1990s provided an opportunity for institutional reform and rebuilding. Toledo’s election victory in 2001 seemed to provide this. The impetus proved short-lived as the new president’s popularity sank to unprecedented levels. The public support for Peru’s democratic institutions continued to haemorrhage. This collection suggests that the challenges of institutional development run very deep and are not peculiar to one government in particular. Institutional change in Peru is part of a much wider process of transformation.